The Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council (previously OLA) serves the needs of the optical laboratory industry.

  • Provides forums for optical laboratories
  • Develops information and services for members for business improvement
  • Produces a variety of education and training materials for optical laboratories and eyecare professionals
  • Provides representation for labs
  • Provides the "Best Practices Tool Box" 
  • OLA’s current members include 200 companies, representing 481 wholesale and retail laboratories in the U.S., Canada, and 7 other countries.
  • OLA produces Clear Choices - Your Eyes, Your Lenses, Your Choice, The Progressive Identifier, the Indispensable Dispensing GUIDE, 2nd Edition, Chemical Management Manual, Optical Laboratory Training Courses (CD), ANSI Z80.1 Standard, Z80.1 Quick Reference Guides, Z87.1 Standard, and Hang Tags for safety eyewear.   Members also receive,  Technical, Legal, and Business bulletins for optical laboratories.
  • The Optical Lab Division holds an annual meeting for members during International Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

OLA and The Vision Council Sign Merger Agreement


 “The OLA Board of Directors came to the 2012 Executive Summit, partly because of the unique synergistic environment here, specifidally to complete the merger with The Vision Council," said Mike Francesconi, Chair, Optical Lab Division.

 Click here for the Press Release

2013 Optical Lab Division Meeting

OLA Inducts 2012 Hall of Fame Honorees and Directors' Choice Recipient

Pictured (l to r): Mike Francesconi, Bob Dziuban, Kevin Bargman, William Hernandez, Marty Bassett, Bob Colucci, David Rips






The OLA Progressive Identifier Book


The 2013 is the current edition of the PROGRESSIVE Identifier.  Please contact your lab to obtain a copy.  Find out if your lab is a member here: FindALab.

Members may place orders by contacting the Optical Lab Division or by placing an order online by clicking here.    


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